Our Team

Our team includes undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and administrators representing multiple fields of study (e.g., higher education, communications, medicine, social work) from several institutions. At least one member of the team is on the autism spectrum and three more have immediate family members on the autism spectrum.
Contact Us!

Central Staff

A small group of central staff coordinate CAN’s major initiatives and manage the day-to-day operations of the College Autism Network.

Brad Cox

Brad Cox

Founder and Senior Advisor

Dr. Bradley E. Cox is the Founder and Senior Advisor of the College Autism Network. He is also an Associate Professor of Higher Education at Florida State University and a Senior Research Associate at FSU's Center for Postsecondary Success. His work seeks to explain and improve the systemic, institutional, and personal conditions that shape college experiences and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum.

E-mail: brad.cox@collegeautismnetwork.org

Personal Website

Lee Burdette Williams

Lee Burdette Williams

Executive Director

Lee has been part of the student affairs profession for nearly three decades, including serving as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Wheaton College (MA) and as Dean of Students at the University of Connecticut.  Most recently she was the Director of Collegiate Partnerships for Mansfield Hall in Burlington, VT, where she provided training for colleges and universities seeking to improve their services to students on the Autism Spectrum.

E-mail:  lee@collegeautismnetwork.org

Personal Website

Brett Nachman

Brett Nachman

Director of Research

Dr. Brett Ranon Nachman is a postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina State University's Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, in which his research primarily focuses on capturing the experiences of community college students and their transfer intent. Brett also conducts research on the portrayals and experiences of autistic college students. Brett’s research interests stem from his own background as an autistic community college graduate.

E-mail: bnachma@ncsu.edu

Brittany L. Jackson

Brittany L. Jackson

Director of Training and Technology

Brittany Jackson is the Online Learning Manager for Hiram College and a current doctoral student in Educational Leadership Studies at Ashland University.  Her research is focused on postsecondary social support programs for students with ASD.  She received her Master of Arts from Hiram College (Hiram, OH) and has a certificate in autism spectrum disorders from Kent State University (Kent, OH).

E-mail: brittany@collegeautismnetwork.org

Previous Personnel

Plenty of wonderful people have contributed to the development of the College Autism Network. We are grateful for their involvement and thank them for their contributions here.

Samantha Rohrbaugh
Yachen Luo
Lori Dowling
Will Bell

Jeff Edelstein